scraggly 1869, from SCRAG (Cf. scrag).

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  • scraggly — [skrag′lē] adj. scragglier, scraggliest [see SCRAGGY & LY1] sparse, scrubby, irregular, uneven, ragged, etc. in growth or form [a scraggly beard] scraggliness n …   English World dictionary

  • scraggly — [adj] ragged badly dressed, badly worn, bedraggled, dilapidated, dingy, dirty, disheveled, frayed, frazzled, full of holes*, grubby*, grungy*, in tatters*, messy, motheaten, scruffy, shabby, sloppy, tacky*, tattered, threadbare, torn, unclean,… …   New thesaurus

  • scraggly — UK [ˈskræɡ(ə)lɪ] / US adjective Word forms scraggly : adjective scraggly comparative scragglier superlative scraggliest American informal scraggly hair is untidy and does not look clean or healthy …   English dictionary

  • scraggly — adjective Etymology: alteration of scraggling, preh. irregular from 2scraggy Date: 1869 irregular in form or growth < scraggly hills > < a scraggly beard >; also unkempt …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • scraggly — scrag|gly [ skrægli ] adjective AMERICAN INFORMAL scraggly hair is messy and does not look clean or healthy: a scraggly untrimmed mustache …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • scraggly — [[t]skræ̱gli[/t]] scragglier, scraggliest ADJ GRADED Scraggly hair or plants are thin and untidy. [mainly AM] ...a man with a scraggly mustache. Syn: straggly …   English dictionary

  • scraggly — adj. Scraggly is used with these nouns: ↑beard …   Collocations dictionary

  • scraggly — scrag|gly [ˈskrægəli] adj informal growing in a way that looks uneven and in bad condition ▪ his scraggly gray beard …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • scraggly — adjective AmE informal growing in a way that looks uneven and in bad condition: his scraggly unwashed hair …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • scraggly — /skrag lee/, adj., scragglier, scraggliest. 1. irregular; uneven; jagged. 2. shaggy; ragged; unkempt. [1865 70; SCRAG + LY] * * * …   Universalium

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